Contractors share £1bn public sector framework

Fourteen construction companies have been appointed to the North West Construction Hub Medium Value Framework established by councils across the region.

The panel covers 13 lots broken down by sub-region and type of work. The contracts that will be handed out according to the contract range from £500,000 to £10m, for duration of four years. The four-year framework will be used by local authorities and other public sector organisations in the North West.

Manchester City Council, supported by the Centre for Construction Innovation, led the framework development with financial support from the North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership.

The contractors appointed are:

  • Bramall Construction
  • Cruden Group Limited
  • Eric Wright Construction
  • FMP Construction
  • GB Building Solutions
  • Herbert T. Forrest
  • ISG Regions
  • Kier Regional
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Mansell Construction Services
  • Morgan Ashurst
  • Seddon Group
  • Wates Group
  • Willmott Dixon Construction

This is the second of three regional frameworks to be delivered by the North West Construction Hub aimed at creating a better deal for public sector authorities in the region. The larger panel for contracts over £10m was decided in April. The smallest of the three frameworks, for works under £500,000, will be published later this year.

The framework will enable public sector organisations and the construction companies to work in partnership to deliver projects more efficiently, on time and cost, with an enhanced focus on quality and added value / sustainability outcomes.

John Lorimer, NWCH Lead said: "I am pleased with the outcome of the tendering process and look forward to working with our new partners over the coming years. The Medium Value Framework will eliminate costly procurement exercise for individual projects whilst providing benefits including cost savings for authorities, reductions in contract time, improved quality of work and the ability to deliver added value objectives that are not obtainable through traditional procurement methods."

Andrew Thomas, chief executive of the Centre for Construction Innovation North West, said of the framework: "We would like to commend the local authorities' efforts in its creation. The basis of integrated supply chain working and adoption of fair payment practices are more important than ever in these challenging times. Innovative and collaborative initiatives can provide solutions to some of the challenges, especially when delivered in a stable framework environment. CCI will continue to provide ongoing support of the Hub's work and deliver the benefits this framework will bring in providing a stable workload for local contractors and better value solutions to clients in the North West."

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